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Picture rotation / pictures appear sideways or upside down


Pictures showing sideways?

iPhone stores orientation data inside the image file, and iPhoto and Preview display them based on that information. Your photos are always saved in relation to the iPhone, so if you turn the iPhone sideways (landscape) to take a picture, the photo itself is sideways - regardless of the orientation data saved in the photo. Your viewer may understand and rotate it when viewing, but the photo is still sideways.

When you upload them to the web they are rendered just the way they are (sideways) - your browser (IE, Safari, FF) is just rendering a file, it doesn't look for orientation information. So while there is data in the image files which tells certain software to rotate them, browsers cannot handle that information.

So, since you are most likely looking at them using a program that is automatically rotating the image for viewing (but not actually saving the image in the rotated state) you need to make sure your images are saved in the correct orientation before uploading them.


Replace your camera app

You could use an alternative camera app, like Camera+, instead of the iPhone’s built-in one. These apps tend to fix the pictures for you regardless of how you hold the phone. You'll just need to remember to use the alternate app when taking pictures.

Are you holding it wrong?

If you’re willing to hold your phone a certain way when you take pictures, then they will show up correctly. See the picture below. The phone’s round ‘home’ button is on the right side. This is the only way the iPhone knows how to take pictures without the rotation problem.

(If the home button is on the left, the picture will be upside down. This is a common trap when people press one of the volume buttons to take the picture.)
Now, look at the picture below. This is a very natural way that many people hold the phone when taking a picture, right?

Unfortunately, if you hold it this way, the receiver of the picture will get it sideways. There’s that neck crooking again!
But, what if you really want the picture to be portrait instead of landscape? Then, you’ll need to use an alternate camera app so you can save those tall portrait shots the right way.

Typically, if you save the picture from the phone to your computer, the computer will show it correctly (Macs and Windows 8). If you are using Windows 7 or XP, then you can click the appropriate ‘rotate’ button in the Windows Photo Viewer to manually rotate the picture.

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